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The symbol shows the location of the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter which serves 1,870,000 homes. The bright green areas shown where the signal from this transmitter is strong, dark green areas are poorer signals. Those parts shown in yellow may have interference on the same frequency from other masts.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Sutton Coldfield transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-6200,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 POP MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

LB
 H -13dB
C48 (690.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 15km south-southwest (200°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 15km south-southwest (201°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

Are there any self-help relays?

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How will the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018
VHFB E TB E TB E TB E K TW T
C4BBCtvwaves
C33com7
C35com8
C36LOCAL2
C39+ArqBArqB
C40BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves+BBCBBBCB
C42SDNSDN
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCA
C45ArqAArqA
C46BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4
C48_local
C50tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C51tv_offLB
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 1000kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200kW
com7(-10.5dB) 89.2kW
com8(-10.7dB) 86kW
LB(-20dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-21dB) 8kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent Television
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Sutton Coldfield was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Comments
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Transmitter engineering
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2:32 PM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:18 yesterday to 14:24 yesterday. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 19:10 on 30 Jun to 10:04 on 01 Jul, Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 11:42 today, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 11:42 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal f [BBC]

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5:32 PM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:18 yesterday to 14:24 yesterday. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 19:10 on 30 Jun to 10:04 on 01 Jul, Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 11:42 today to 13:24 today, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 11:42 today to 13:24 t [BBC]

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11:32 PM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:18 yesterday to 14:24 yesterday. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 11:42 today to 13:24 today, Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 19:10 on 30 Jun to 10:04 on 01 Jul, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 11:42 today to 13:24 t [BBC]

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Thursday, 6 July 2017
Transmitter engineering
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5:32 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:18 on 04 Jul to 14:24 on 04 Jul. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 11:42 yesterday to 13:24 yesterday, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 11:42 yesterday to 13:24 yesterday, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 11:42 yesterda [BBC]

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Friday, 7 July 2017
Transmitter engineering
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5:32 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:18 on 04 Jul to 14:24 on 04 Jul. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 11:42 on 05 Jul to 13:24 on 05 Jul, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 11:42 on 05 Jul to 13:24 on 05 Jul, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 11:42 on 05 Ju [BBC]

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Saturday, 8 July 2017
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Gordon Insley
11:45 AM

Phil Draper:
Phil,
From where you are located (Melbourne area) you should be able to receive good signals on all mux's from both Waltham and Sutton Coldfield. You are roughly equidistant from Waltham and Sutton Coldfield.
Waltham transmits most channels at 50KW and some at 25KW whereas all Sutton Coldfields transmissions are 200KW. So, Sutton Coldfield wins that contest.
Provided there is no hill, tall building(s), tree's in direct line of sight from your aerial to the intended transmitter and the aerial is outdoors not in the loft then there should be no problem receiving good quality reception from either of the transmitters.
If you have some old grouped C/D aerial i.e. not wideband, then that might be your problem. If that's the case then swap out your old aerial for a Fracarro Log-Periodic LP45NF or Televes DAT HD (available with built-in amp). Both are wideband high gain aerials (11.5dB & 17dB/active 29dB), the log-periodic being a little more critical on alignment (more rifle shot that shotgun). With a decent aerial you may not need a mast head amplifier unless the cable run is >15m or more. And a wideband antenna will see you through the requirements for reception following the new channel frequency changes (2017-2020) that are coming soon.

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017
Transmitter engineering
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11:34 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:04 today to 10:09 today. [BBC]

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Thursday, 7 September 2017
Transmitter engineering
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5:32 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:04 yesterday to 10:09 yesterday. [BBC]

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Friday, 8 September 2017
Transmitter engineering
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5:32 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:04 on 06 Sep to 10:09 on 06 Sep. [BBC]

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Thursday, 14 September 2017
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Ima
7:24 AM

Hi
I have 2 aerials in my loft. One serves downstairs and the other upstairs (for kids rooms until they left. Now one big tv for grandchildren's playroom.

Downstairs receives 38 channels from llangrannog transmitter but upstairs receives 78 from blaenplwf. Swapping aerial leads makes no difference. Tv taken upstairs receives 78 on either/both aerials . Tv , digiboxes etc taken downstairs no longer receive 78 , only the 38 from llangrannog.
I would have thought that it was the aerials alignment that determined reception, not where the tv is situated. All tv's, tuners, hdd recorders, now tv smart box, tune in 78 channels from both aerials when upstairs but only 38 when downstairs.
How can I block llangrannog mast and force receivers downstairs to receive Blaenplwf please

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